Kaspersky Cybersecurity firm has introduced a prototype of its revolutionary Polys blockchain voting system to open up the opportunity of a safer alternative to conventional voting systems. Verdict’s tech website reports. Polys is a Kaspersky Innovation Hub project aimed at developing a safe online voting framework for enterprise universities and political parties. Kaspersky mentions that
the first of its kind to incorporate blockchain technologies and work alongside the Polys online election system
This uses a distributed ledger technology digital voting system that creates a verified link between a vote and the candidate who casts this. Online blockchain voting system offers a number of benefits, where voters can take part remotely, but also carries the risk of alienating electors who have no access to the computer and smartphone. According to the National Statistics Office, 5.3 million people in the United Kingdom were “non-users” to the Internet in 2018.
As the recent Iowa Caucus showed, there was a coding error in the app developed to report results which meant that only limited results have been recorded. Sometimes using technology can obstruct the election process, rather than support it. Kaspersky’s new system, therefore, provides participants with the option to vote on or using a polling station with the additional security of blockchain technology.
How the blockchain-based voting machine works
Kaspersky provides a validated voter with a unique QR code or token, which is then validated, enabling them to cast their votes with votes and then automatically encrypted and counted on a Polys voting machine. Voting individuals can then verify that their votes are stored anonymously via a web application on the blockchain voting system. The voting machines can also be linked to the Polys online voting system so that voters can vote on their mobile, but the option is removed twice. It could not only strengthen the protection of elections but also rising personnel and resource expenses.
The use of the blockchain to counter electoral fraud has also been discussed in recent years. In 2018, Sierra Leone is the first country to vote blockchain by 70 percent of the votes cast at the country’s general elections. Kaspersky’s ventures include a blockchain voting initiative in Volgograd involving over 82,000 people.
From speaking to our customers, we understand the issues and inconvenience they face when organising paper-based voting. As we see from our Polys platform, e-voting can solve some of these issues, allowing more possibilities for remote participation and even increasing turnout of younger people
said Roman Aleshkin, product manager at Polys.
However, if physical polling stations were to be closed completely, it would deprive and alienate certain groups of people from taking part in an election and making their voice heard. That is why we introduced our new voting machines. Working together with the online platform, they allow citizens to vote using the method they prefer, in a convenient and transparent way.
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